Friedrich Schlegel

Friedrich Schlegel (left)In existographies, Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829) (Cattell 1000:837) (CR:4), aka "Friedrich Schlegel", younger brother of August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767-1845) (Cattell 1000:705), aka “August Schlegel”, was poet and literary critic noted for his circa 1798 poetry and writings using what he believed was a kind of verbal chemical logic, thus producing a type of chemistry poetry, possibly akin to the poems of Mala Radhakrishnan, or a version of literature chemistry. [1]

In his poetic and linguistic productions, according to American comparative literature scholar Michel Chaouli, Schlegel never develops any sort of model or theory, but rather speaks endlessly on “saturation” and “condensation”, of “synthesis and analysis”, of “oxidation” and of “azote” (nitrogen), and above all of “eternally dividing and mixing forces”. [2]

In short, Schlegel’s chemistry poetry is a more dilettantish and chaotic way than as compared to the romantic chemical writings of German polyintellect Johann Goethe (1809), or other early German romanticism writers who had more than a passing knowledge of chemistry: Immanuel Kant, who knew it well, Friedrich Schelling, who lectured on it at length, Novalis, who studied it intensely, and Samuel Coleridge, who had a remarkable firm grasp of it. [2]

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The following are quotes on Schlegel:

“If we are to speak of the ‘key’ to early romanticism, it is to be found in one of the thinkers of antiquity, Plotinus. For his neoplatonic philosopher not only inspired the entire system of Novalis, scattered through innumerable fragments, and many of the ideas of Schelling in his middle period; his arm reached farther: through Novalis and Schelling he exercised an influence, though an indirect one, upon both Schlegels [August Schlegel and Friedrich Schlegel], and without knowledge of this fact many a passage in the ‘Dialogue concerning Poetry’ and the Berlin lectures of August Schlegel remains an enigma.”
— Paul Reiff (1912), “Plotin und die Deutsche Romantik” [4]

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The following are related quotes:

“A pure physics must be completely divorced from mathematics; only then will it disclose the (poetic) view of nature.”
— Friedrich Schlegel (c.1810) [3]

1. Knight, David. (2003). “Exalting Understanding without Depressing Imagination: Depicting Chemical Processes HYLE: International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry, 9(2):171-89.
2. Chaouli, Michel. (2002). The Laboratory of Poetry: Chemistry and Poetics in the Work of Friedrich Schlegel (affinity, 20+ pgs). Johns Hopkins University Press.
3. (a) Schlegel, August. (c.1810). Kritische Friedrich-Schlegel-Ausgabe (editor: E. Behler), 35 Volumes (18:166 [506]). Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1963.
(b) Black, Joel. (1990). “Introduction: Newtonian Mechanics and the Romantic Rebellion”, in: Beyond the Two Cultures: Essays on Science, Technology, and Literature (editors: Joseph Slade and Judith Lee) (pg. 137). Iowa State University Press.
4. (a) Reiff, Paul. (1912). “Plotin und die Deutsche Romantik”, Euphorion, 19:591, 602-12.
(b) Lovejoy, Arthur. (1933). The Great Chain of Being: a Study of the History of an Idea (pg. 298). Harvard University Press, 1936.

External links
‚óŹ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel – Wikipedia.

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